I hope I'm not encroaching on Dave's beat (he blogged Farfour the Israel-Hatin' Mouse here and Nahoul the Jihadi Bumblebee here), but here's the latest news from Al-Aqsa TV's "Tomorrow's Pioneers," the virulently anti-Israel kids show produced by Hamas Studios. McClatchy Newspapers correspondent Dion Nissenbaum scored an interview with Saraa Barhoum, the show's 11-year-old host. Some samples:
Saraa wants to be a doctor. If she can't, the young star of Hamas television's best-known children's show said, she'd be proud to become a martyr. Saraa says little Jewish girls should be forced from their homes in Israel so that Palestinians can return to their land.
With the show's producer helpfully offering written tips during an interview, Saraa didn't get into how she hopes to die for her cause, be it suicide bombing, fighting the Israeli military or some other way. She carefully sidestepped any suggestion that she's subtly calling for the destruction of Israel.
After two months, Farfour [the Israel Hatin' Mous]] was beaten to death on the show by an Israeli interrogator. Nahoul, a larger-than-life bee, is now carrying his message.
"A lot of people in Palestine have died as martyrs, and lots of Palestinians hope to be martyrs," Saraa said of Farfour's demise. "This is one of the ends."
Asked if she hoped one day to be a martyr, Saraa instinctively nodded her head. "Of course," Saraa said. "It's something to be proud of. Every Palestinian citizen hopes to be a martyr."
Saraa helps deliver similar messages to Palestinian children from a Hamas TV set filled with colorful numbers and pictures of kittens.
During the show, Saraa fields calls from Palestinian children who warble songs about Islam, liberating Jerusalem and finding answers in the barrel of a machine gun.
On one show, she cut off a caller who was singing about surrendering herself, presumably to God's will. "We don't want to surrender," Saraa told the caller. "We want to resist."